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Susan Sontag

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

When I heard of Susan Sontag’s death yesterday morning, this surge of anger passed through me like a bolt of electricity. It was the first time that I felt angry at the news of someone’s death. How do I explain this? I didn’t know Susan Sontag. And although I’ve read quite a bit of her […]

On steroids

Friday, December 24th, 2004

I haven’t blogged anything for a few days because I felt a real obligation, first, to follow up on my last entry about Sharia law in Ontario, and yet hadn’t the stomach for doing it. For now, you can find out all sorts of stuff yourselves by googling “sharia ontario.” I’ll follow up eventually, if […]

This is depressing: a sad milestone for women in Canada — going backwards into the dark ages

Monday, December 20th, 2004

The Toronto Star reports that Marion Boyd, a former Ontario attorney general, concluded an official report endorsing a form of Sharia law in Ontario. See today’s TO Star article here. Boyd is being criticised by a number of progressive Muslims, who accuse her of “naivete” and of caving in to pressure from right-wing Muslim groups. […]

Keeping up appearances

Sunday, December 19th, 2004

It’s going to “posting lite” around here for the rest of the year — whew!, no more run-on sentences for y’all! But there’s that party coming up, last minute preparations to attend to, it’s my birthday soon (d’uh), and between all that and the chocolate and wine, I don’t think I’m going to drag myself […]

What do we think of nationalism?

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

David Orchard is interviewed by Justin Podur for ZNet. In a larger sense, the question is all about how Canada can keep its distance from a too-close US embrace. Is it an irony of history that Canadian “nationalism” (nationalism being a throw-back to categories rooted in the19th century) should be for us what the EU […]

Future Tense — not just a book

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

Everyone at my house is reading Gwynne Dyer’s Future Tense. I finished it a while ago, my son just finished it, and my daughter’s reading it right now. (We’ll even get the husband to read it!) YOU should read it, too. Other reviews and commentary here (The Tyee) and here (Pulse Niagara). Among many other […]

Those breasts!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

What a relief — I’m not going mad yet after all. A couple of days ago I was experiencing a kind of “flashback” effect, hearing a spoken line over and over again, without having a clue where to place it. It was about breasts. About armoured breasts, and this really drove me crazy since I […]

Budding creep, plays too many video games, likes to fence and hit people to “win”

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

This is one of those entries where I feel I should ask permission to post, …but I didn’t. If I end up pulling it, it’ll be because of fall-out from those concerned, i.e., family. It gives an indication, though, of some of the more mundane concerns around here … which in turn factor into my […]

More from Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and some thoughts on equality

Friday, December 10th, 2004

On November 2/04, Theo van Gogh was murdered in Amsterdam by an Islamic fundamentalist. I wrote about it on November 3/04, in an entry titled Sex and shame and barter. A key emphasis of that post (as well as a subsequently more vehement one the next day, November 4/04) was that in reporting van Gogh’s […]

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